Sold for £11,500
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: LJ 4591
Frame No: D3159
Engine No: D166
In 1931, Ariel offered a wealth of different models with different engines, depending on your choice; overhead valves, side valves vertical engines and a sloping engine and available as 4 and 2 cylinders, along with Edward Turner's revolutionary Square Four. The newcomer's overhead-valve engine was inclined at 30 degrees from the horizontal, conveying the benefits of better cooling, greater accessibility, and a lowered centre of gravity for improved handling. The economic recession and Ariel's own problems saw the range slimmed down and the demise of the Slopers. This is believed to be the only one with a model replica model sidecar attached. According to a print ad of 1931, the Model B31 'Sloper's' specification included: a Detachable cylinder head; Double roller bearing big end; Ball bearings on both sides of the main shaft; Aluminium alloy piston; Ground timing gears; Engine shaft shock absorber; Dry sump lubrication.
This Ariel Sloper Model SB31 (1931) is a 1932 model which had a 557cc side valve engine and was fitted with a period replica Model W 1932 sidecar. This is a correct numbers Ariel Sloper, an older restoration that is still presenting well. The main features of this machine are its slopping side valve engine, a twin exhaust system, an instrument panel in the tank and with a Burman gearbox. The Ariel has not been used in the last year but turns over with good compression, and may require some recommissioning before use. It comes complete with a current V5C.
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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 15th Nov, 2023
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